Karen Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Karen:
Danish form of Katherine, a cognate of the Greek Aikaterinē, the root of which is katharos (pure, unsullied). Var: Caren, Carin, Karen, Karena, Karrin, Karyn.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Karen: | Edit
Growing up (I am now in my late 30s) there was only one other Karen in my classes and the name is less popular now. I like my name and enjoy that it is not too different or too common. There are several spellings but this seems to be the most popular spelling
There is an ethnic group in Thailand and Burma named the "Karen". The "Karen" language is also commonly spoken among small villages in Thailand.
My name is Karen, I'm 23 years old (born 1989) and I've always hated my name.. I was the only Karen growing up aside from many other kids who's mothers name were Karen. I was paid out for having 'an old persons name' . Obviously now I wouldn't take it to heart but when you're a kid you know how it can be.
Since around the age of 13 I've gone by 'Kaz' whenever possible and am mostly known as Kaz these days.
To the above: you wrote this in 2012, didn't ya?
It’s a cute, 80s-style name, but unfortunately has a bad rep lately with younger kids. Overly doting, entitled moms are generally referred to as “Karens” by middle/high school kids.
- Personal experiences with the name Karen: | Edit
I've known a few Karen's before, but the one that always comes to mind when someone says the name is this sweet, kind, caring, cute,and kind of shy girl at my high school. She is very quiet, and is in band, but I do enjoy the time we spend together talking even if it isn't long.
My best friend is named Karen and she was born in 2004, she dosen't hate or love her name but i like it. She is really outgoing, funny, and smart. Shes also really creative and LOVES dogs. She fousters them. Anyway, its not my favorite name but she is great so Ive learned to love it.
- Nicknames for Karen: | Edit
Kare-co, Ren, Kare, Kari, Special K, Kazza, Kaz, Kara, Kiki
- Meanings and history of the name Karen: | Edit
Danish form of Katherine, meaning "pure".
- Famous real-life people named Karen: | Edit
Karen Carpenter, one half of the singing duo The Carpenters
Karen Allen, American actress, best known for playing Marion Ravenwood in two Indian Jones films "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Karen Blixen was the birth name of author Isak Dinesen ("Out of Africa")
Karen Killilea, whose story helped publicize and improve care for children with cerebral palsy.
Karen Black, actress
Karen Kwan, figure skater
Karen Akers, singer and actress
Karyn Parsons, actress (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Karen Sheila Gillan, Scottish actress in Doctor Who (nicknamed Kaz)
- Karen in song, story & screen: | Edit
Karen Smith: from Mean Girls
Karen is the little girl in Frosty the Snowman.
Karen Vick(Chief Vick)- The chief of police on the show Psych.
Karen Koltrane -- Sonic Youth
Karen Revisited -- Sonic Youth
Karen By Night -- Jill Sobule
Karen -- Matthew Sweet
Karen Brewer from the Baby-Sitters Little Sister books
Karen Brockman -- the youngest child in the British sitcom, outnumbered, played by Ramona Marquez
Karen - The National
I Have a Secret - Half Japanese
Dr. Karen Kim- character from US TV show "Mistresses"
Karen Roe - from the TV drama series "One Tree Hill"
Karen McCormick- Kenny McCormick's little sister from the cartoon, South Park
Karen Page-Friend and love interest to Matthew Murdock in Daredevil, played by Deborah Ann Woll
Karen Don't Be Sad is a 2015 song by Miley Cyrus.